The eighth edition of 1:54 FORUM will convene around the title, The Conversationists, with an aim to interrogate the role that educational programmes play in producing and sustaining an economy of knowledge. Contributions will be made from individuals working across visual and performing arts, education, writing and publishing, including: Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), Sepake Angiama (Head of Education, documenta 14), Emmanuel Iduma (co-curator, Nigerian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2017) and artists Pascale Marthine Tayou, Emeka Ogboh and Michael Armitage among others.
FORUM will take the form of a series of inter-generational and cross-disciplinary conversations, attending to a range of strategies and perspectives. It will examine how public programming is performed and actioned across a range of cultural platforms and formats. FORUM has identified two guiding questions with the aim of pushing beyond their potential limitations: How to continue to engage with Africa and the African diaspora as a topography or sensibility within the context of an international narrative, and: Who are the agents of critique, and how are shifts in knowledge and cultural production shaping critical discursive practices?
The fair’s talks programme is curated by Koyo Kouoh (Founding artistic director of Raw Material Company, Dakar). The FORUM programme takes place over 3 days (6 – 8 October) at Somerset House during the fair (5 – 8 October 2017).
For a full schedule, visit the 1:54 FORUM website.